Muscat happy despite frustrating night

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Despite a 2-0 win at home, Kevin Muscat admitted he was frustrated at how long it took for Melbourne Victory to break down the Newcastle Jets.

It took a 52nd minute own goal, a wicked deflection off a Marco Rojas freekick, to break the deadlock and that was concerning for the Victory manager.

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“That was always going to be the hardest thing for us” Muscat said post match.

In a fixture that traditionally draws tight affairs Muscat said that the players probably started to feel the pressure to deal with the stubborn Jets outfit.

“A little bit of tension crept in and that final pass, final strike in the last third didn’t come off for us early.”

However despite a dull first half the Victory came out in the second period and took the match in a blistering 3 minute period.

“We corrected things, and we were receiving the ball in a lot more dangerous areas.”

“Once we got the first goal it settled us down, unbelievably, and we kept possession of the ball and creating chances”

Marco Rojas was the man to finally set the match alight as he was involved in the first goal and scored the second to take the match past a injury depleted Jets side.

The New Zealand international’s first goal, that was later deemed an Ian Fyfe own goal thanks to a heavy deflection, became the catalyst for the Victory to take control of the match.

Muscat was critical of the decision to rule the opener as an own goal but wasn’t too upset.

“It’s got to be his goal doesn’t it? He struck the ball on target and its been deflected in.”

“I don’t know..”

Two minutes later Rojas picked the ball up in his own half and after a gut busting run slipped the ball past the helpless Jack Duncan, leaving Besart Berisha and Fahid Ben Khalfallah waiting in the box.

However Berisha didn’t celebrate with the rest of team mates, possibility out of frustration that he didn’t receive the ball for the tap in, that drew a spray from captain Leigh Broxham but Muscat wasn’t concerned.

“I didn’t notice it. Nothing in it”.

Something that Muscat will be pleased about is the involvement of injury replacement keeper Matthew Acton in the games proceedings.

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The 24 year old’s paperwork only game in on Friday morning as he was brought into the match day squad as cover for both Lawrence Thomas (Thumb injury) and Alaistar Bray (Shoulder).

“Lawrence (Thomas) was touch and go for tonight so he will be fine for next week.”

“I thought he was very good.” Muscat said.

“His temperament was good, especially in the first half.

Despite the potentially dangerous night Muscat and the Victory now sit second on the ladder with a game in hand and look comfortable after eight rounds.

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“We’ve had a very good start to the year. All in all we are pretty pleased.”

The Victory now take on Perth at AAMI Park this Friday.

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